Mexican Rice Casserole for 8

I have the pleasure of taking dinner to some dear friends, as she just had a major surgery. This meal will serve 4 adults and 4 kids. If you’ve got a larger family, this is the post for you!

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Mexican Rice Casserole

Yield – 8 servings

Preparation Time – 10 minutes

Cooking Time – 35 minutes


  • 1 lb ground beef ($2.25) On sale this week
  • 1 package taco seasoning ($.50)
  • 1 8 oz can tomato sauce ($.33)
  • 2 cups rice ($.60)
  • 1 bar cheese, shredded ($1.50) Bar cheese tends to be cheaper than pre-shredded or pre-cubed!
  • 1/2 watermelon ($1.50)
  • 6 ears corn ($2.25)


  • Bring 4 3/4 cup of water to boil in a pot and add rice.  Bring back to a boil, reduce heat and simmer 20 minutes.
  • Brown ground beef. Drain. Return to skillet, add 3/4 cup water, taco seasoning and tomato sauce. Stir through.
  • Add ground beef to rice. Put into 9×13 baking dish. Top with shredded cheese.
  • Bake at 350 for 10-15 minutes until cheese melts.
  • Prepare corn.  Slice watermelon.
  • Enjoy the feast with friends or family!

Cost $8.93

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  1. thinker says

    Thanks for sharing your $5 dinner recipes. I’m always looking for ways to minimize the $$$ that we spend on groceries. We’re a family of 6 (oldest 2 are in collge but living at home; the youngest are in high school) so you can imagine the amount of food we go through in a month!!

    Just a question: when you list 1 pkg ground beef, is that about 1 lb?

  2. BankingPennies says

    What a lovely site. I came by FrugalHacks by the way. I am going to review your archives and begin tasting some of your 5$ recipes!
    — Carmen

  3. emerson says

    Could use please put the measurements up? The amount of beef per pack varies by store around here…so I’m kinda lost.


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